- Wildlife Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots
- Wildlife Photography: Advanced Field Techniques for Tracking Elusive Animals and Capturing Magical Moments
- Digital Wildlife Photography
Fall is upon us and that means it's a perfect season for photographing wildlife, particularly mammals. If you've ever tried photographing wildlife, you know it can be one of the most challenging things for a photographer. We've got ten great tips that will definitely improve your shooting, especially if you're just starting out. Here they are.
1. Get out early, get out late
Photographing wildlife is a lot like going fishing. The best action happens during the early hours of the morning and a few hours before sunset. Almost without exception, photographing in the harsh sun of midday will have bad or no results. Don't rush home as morning passes. It's better to wait a few more hours as the light softens and the animals leave their shelter.
2. Shoot at eye level.
Don't point your camera up or down at your subject. Get down to its eye level and shoot from there. The results will look a lot better.
3. Be careful with the background
Believe it or not, the background is just as important as the subject in wildlife photography. The background has to look natural and it has to compliment the subject.
4. Don't follow the animal
You're not a hunter (thank goodness!).Not only does chasing an animal make it run deeper towards the forest looking for shelter, it will also give you a less desirable angle. Get ahead of the animal and be there before it.
5. Look distracted
One thing you never want to do is look into your subject's eyes. The animal will most likely see you as a threat and run away, or in the worst cases it might even charge. The best way to approach an animal is to ignore it. Follow zigzag movement toward your subject. As you approach, pretend to have an interest in whatever is lying on the floor, but always keep the animal in your peripheral vision. As you get close enough, slowly point your camera at the subject and take those shots.
Check out the rest of the tips in this awesome video tutorial from Steve Perry.